Wedding Save the Date Cards—Best Ideas and Wording

Written by Jean Bachcroft

The sole purpose of save-the-date cards is to giverepparttar people you intend to invite to your wedding plenty of advance notice. If, for example, you are planning to marry duringrepparttar 144472 holiday season or a holiday weekend, you’ll want your guests to reserve you wedding date on their calendars months in advance. If you will be inviting guest from out of town who will need to fly in forrepparttar 144473 wedding, they will need time to makerepparttar 144474 necessary travel arrangements.

You should send save-the-date cards to all of your intended guests when either of these circumstances fit your situation. Even friends and family members who you already know will attend should be sent a card.

Onrepparttar 144475 other hand, if you are not sure whether a particular person or couple will be invited torepparttar 144476 wedding, don’t send them a save-the-date card. And there is really no reason, and it’s a waste of your precious money, to buy and send these notices when all of your guests live relatively nearby orrepparttar 144477 wedding will not occur during a busy time ofrepparttar 144478 year.

Planning and Sending

Once you know all ofrepparttar 144479 basic details about your wedding plans, place your order with your stationer. As with invitations, having these cards printed can take up to several weeks, so give your stationer plenty of time. You can mail these cards out up to six months beforerepparttar 144480 wedding date.

Save-the-date cards can be designed to matchrepparttar 144481 rest of your wedding stationery and ordered atrepparttar 144482 same time, or they can have a completely different look.

Getting your guests’ attention

Some brides-to-be really want these cards to be eye catching so that they truly standout and serve as a visual notice. If this is what you have in mind, look for something unusual, such as scratch-off cards or magnets (that can be posted on your guests refrigerators). Maybe you will want to make your own cards, incorporating one or more of your wedding colors, a graphic design, or a photo.

You can buy save-the-date cards through most wedding stationery manufacturers and retailers. If you want to create your own cards or save money, look for a card-design software program. Michael’s arts and crafts stores sells a good software program called "Wedding Invitation Kit" that costs under $25. The program is designed mainly for making your own wedding invitations, but it does include note cards.

Wedding Invitations—Today’s Etiquette and Wording

Written by Jean Bachcroft

The look ofrepparttar wedding invitations you send will not only says a lot about you and your husband-to-be they will also convey a fair amount of information about your upcoming ceremony. So it is important to planrepparttar 144471 type of wedding you will have before you make any decisions about your invitations.

Based uponrepparttar 144472 quality ofrepparttar 144473 paper stock, lettering, color and design you select, recipients are likely to make a determination aboutrepparttar 144474 formality or informality ofrepparttar 144475 event, thus how they should dress. The color of your invitations may suggestrepparttar 144476 color scheme of your wedding. The quality ofrepparttar 144477 paper may indicate how elaborate or simple you wedding will be.

Choosing Invitations

Stationery Stores—Most brides still go to a stationery store to select invitations. Once there, you can look at brochures and browse through manufacturers’ catalogs. The catalogs include samples invitations so that you can feelrepparttar 144478 paper stock, seerepparttar 144479 true color ofrepparttar 144480 paper, and compare different print options. Knowledgeable clerks will be on hand to help you pick outrepparttar 144481 desired color and weight ofrepparttar 144482 paper as well asrepparttar 144483 ink, style of script, and wording for your invitations. The only thing remaining for you to do will be to providerepparttar 144484 particulars.

There are only a few large manufacturers and they dominaterepparttar 144485 wedding invitation industry. As a result, whichever stationery house you go to you are likely to seerepparttar 144486 exact same catalogs. Unlike private print shops, because these companies mass-produce their products they are able to offer you greater variety at a lower price.

Online Shopping—There is virtually nothing you can’t buy onrepparttar 144487 Internet, including your gown (although I would not recommend an online purchase for your wedding dress, which must be properly sized and fitted).

The Internet offers a huge number of sites selling both traditional and unique invitations. If you are bargain shopping for invitations,repparttar 144488 Internet is definitelyrepparttar 144489 place to go.

Keep in mind that you are always taking a chance when you choose this method. There is nothing like being able to feelrepparttar 144490 quality ofrepparttar 144491 paper orrepparttar 144492 raised lettering to ensure that you will get exactly what you want. However, knowing how different weights of papers feel and aboutrepparttar 144493 different methods of printing can help.

Private Printers—Because ofrepparttar 144494 availability of mass producers andrepparttar 144495 tendency of many people to shop for bargains onrepparttar 144496 Internet, private shops are now hard to find. If you have your heart set on truly personalized invitations, look around. You are almost sure to find one somewhere.

Different Printing Methods

There are essentially four common methods of invitation printing, each with its own benefits.

Handwritten—If you are planning a small wedding (meaning 50 people or fewer), it is perfectly acceptable to hand write your invitations. Of course, this will be hard work, but you will save a lot of money.

Engraved—This isrepparttar 144497 ultimate in invitation printing. With engraving,repparttar 144498 printer stampsrepparttar 144499 back ofrepparttar 144500 paper using metal plates. This raisesrepparttar 144501 print up off ofrepparttar 144502 paper so that you can actually feelrepparttar 144503 lettering. For most brides, engraved invitations are much to costly.

Thermography—This isrepparttar 144504 most common form of invitation printing. With this method,repparttar 144505 ink is heated to create a raised-letter effect that is nearly indistinguishable from engraving.

Calligraphy—We all recognize this as another name for fancy formal script. This method is becoming more popular every year, Many ofrepparttar 144506 printing houses are now able to offer this print option as well, but it is not done by hand.

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